Lyme Disease: What’s The True Picture?
When it comes to Lyme disease, are we ever really going to see a true representation as to just how big a problem this tick borne virus actually is? Studies have shown that the actual number of identified cases could be significantly different to what the problem is, in reality. Here’s an article with some further information.
This time of year, the U.S. is crawling with ticks. It’s a concern because the rapacious bloodsuckers spread disease when they bite. The most common tick-borne ailment is Lyme disease, but the official case count—which helps public-health authorities formulate prevention strategies and allocate resources—doesn’t come close to the actual number.
Lyme disease is transmitted by the blacklegged tick, which is also known as the deer tick. This potentially debilitating disease is spreading fast and it’s thought that climate change holds some responsibility for why this is happening.
Do you know how to identify an infected tick bite? If you’re concerned then seek medical assistance as soon as possible. If this disease is diagnosed early, then treatment can be administered.
People treated with appropriate antibiotics in the early stages of Lyme disease usually recover rapidly and completely. Antibiotics commonly used for oral treatment include doxycycline, amoxicillin, or cefuroxime axetil. People with certain neurological or cardiac forms of illness may require intravenous treatment with antibiotics such as ceftriaxone or penicillin.
Ticks are closer than you think, and are likely to be living in your back yard. Keep yourself safe from Lyme, invest in some tick control. Know what to do if you discover you have been bitten, and importantly, know how to remove a tick, should you find one on your skin.
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